CT ASPIRING LEADERS ACADEMY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

The CT State Department of Education has partnered with the UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to offer the CT Aspiring Leaders Academy in Special Education. This program is offered at NO COST to the participants. For more details, including application information and how to participate in an informational session on Wednesday, December 15th at 4:30pm, visit

ADOS-2 Training Opportunities

C.E.S., through partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education and the RESC Alliance  is pleased to announce dates for upcoming early childhood ADOS-2 Training opportunities.

Please note, all training will be conducted remotely online (via zoom).  

The dates for the training are as follows:

Comprehensive ADOS-2 Training (Introductory Training) – Hybrid Program with both Live sessions (via zoom) and asynchronous training to be completed in between sessions.  Attendance at all 5 live sessions is required, there are no make-ups for missed sessions.

1.     January 25 2022 – 12-3:30 pm

2.     February 10, 2022 – 12-3:30 pm

3.     March 3, 2022 – 9am-12:30 pm

4.     March 17, 2022 – 9am-12:30 pm

5.     March 31, 2022 –  9am-12:30 pm

Please click here to access registration for the Comprehensive ADOS-2 Training

Refresher Training Sessions – For current users of the ADOS-2  who have completed Comprehensive Trainers for the purpose of re-calibrating coding decisions

1.     April 5, 2022  (Module 1) – 12-3:30 pm

2.     April 26 (Module 2) – 12-3:30 pm

3.     May 3 (Module 3) – 12-3:30 pm

Please click here to review full details of training programs prior to registering

Please click here to access registration for the Refresher Training Sessions. 

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of training.  Space is limited in all sessions.

Please refer all questions prior to registering to Christine Peck, peckc@cestrumbull.org .

For additional information please see

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CT Guide to Intervention Models for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Inclusive School Settings

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, is offering this opportunity for professional learning for early childhood special education professionals in Connecticut on December 3, 2021, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

For details and registration information, please visit:

A Step by Step Approach for Inclusive Schools – Sessions B and C

This is a three (3) day, team-based training.  There is no cost to register.  Please visit www.ctserc.org/events to register.  For content questions, please contact Nikki Hendry, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 255 or hendry@ctserc.org.  For registration questions, please contact Emma Velasquez, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 218 or velasquez@ctserc.org.

Audience: PreK-Grade 12: School-based teams that must include a Principal/Administrators, General and Special education Teachers, and Student Support Services Professionals, and may include Paraeducators and family members

  • Session B Dates: November 17, 18, and November 30           

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford/Meriden, Wallingford

  • Session C Dates: December 1, 2, and December 15                

Location: Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook 

Step by Step for inclusive schools is a systems-wide model for improving the quality and amount of time students spend in inclusive settings.  Implemented across ten states and adopted on a statewide basis in Florida and Connecticut, Step by Step training results in meaningful change at the district, school, and classroom levels that benefits all students and the school community.

This team training in Step by Step emphasizes the importance of individualized student-centered decisions for assigning supports and services.  In the training, each participating school will create an action plan and identify criteria for determining successful implementation of effective practices.  This action plan addresses six critical themes: 1) Instructional Settings; 2) Collaboration and Shared Responsibility for Supporting Students; 3) Instructional Excellence for Diverse Learners; 4) In-Class Support Models and Strategies; 5) Peer and Family Relationships; and 6) Effective Use of Personnel.

As a result of this training, participating teams will learn: a clear definition of inclusive education; instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners in the general education classroom; three distinct staffing models to assure that students and teachers receive the support they need; a process for scheduling that makes the best use of resources, and many more practical strategies; five strategies to improve the quality and impact of paraeducator services; and an effective peer assistance and peer tutoring program.  

Professional Learning for Administrators of School Based Early Childhood Programs

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, the Connecticut Association of Schools, and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood presents an Administrator Responsive Support Session on November 4, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

For details and registration information, please see

CSDE/RESC Alliance 2021-22 Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills – VIRTUAL Workshop

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is sponsoring six cohorts of a Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills.  Join us for this FREE, virtual workshop and learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities.

Participants will:

• Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities

• Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling

• Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency

To learn more about this training and for information on how to register, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/RESC Alliance 2021-22 Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills.

For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Lisa Fiano by email at lfiano@crec.org or by phone at 860-524-4040.

Transition from Birth to Three to Public School – Updates

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the Connecticut Birth to Three System and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, is offering four update sessions related to transition from the Birth to Three system to Public School.

For more details including dates, times and registration information, please see